John J. Tyler Arboretum is a 650 acre, nonprofit, public garden. In 1825, the Tyler Family began to set aside land for the planting of over 1,000 types of plants and trees. In 1944 This land was turned into an arboretum. The arboretum is open year round to Tyler Arboretum Members for free, and to the general public for a daily admission fee. Tyler Arboretum also has special events like trail running races and classes for kids.
What Makes It Great
Tyler Arboretum is a great place to see beautiful trees shrubs, plants, and historic buildings while hiking on their 17 miles of trails. About 100 acres of the 650 acre arboretum is a garden area surrounded by fence that keeps deer out. This area has easy paved trails and child friendly areas.
The other 550 acres outside of the deer fence has 17 miles of hiking trails with woodlands, hills, creek crossings and some historic buildings. The trails here are blazed with one of six colors. The yellow, blue, and pink trails are under 2 miles and they have the least hills. The orange trail and red trail are a little over 2 miles and have steep hills. The longest trail is the 7.4 miles Mishnall Trail. This trail is marked by white blazes and runs through the majority of Tyler Arboretum property.
For even more hiking You can visit the adjoining Ridley Creek State Park to the north.
Who is Going to Love It
The Tyler Arboretum is great for everyone from children, to hikers, to senior citizens. Kids can enjoy the treehouses, child friendly trails, or the butterfly house. Senior citizens can take a peaceful walk on paved paths through the gardens. Hikers can take the trails that leave the deer fence area and travel through the 550 acres of natural areas on 17 miles of trails. The Tyler Arboretum is also a great place for bird watchers and photographers. Photography is encouraged and the land is listed as an “Important Bird Area” by the Audubon Society.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to Tyler Arboretum from Philadelphia, Take I-95 S to I-476 N. Continue on 476 for about 3 miles and take exit 3 toward Media. From the exit, turn left onto E Baltimore Pike. In two miles, turn right onto N Ridley Creek Road. In 0.8 miles, take a left onto W Rose Tree Road. After half a mile, take a right onto Painter Road. The entrance to the arboretum will be on your right in less than 2 miles.
The arboretum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the summer (closes at 6:00 on weekends) and 9:00 to 4:00 in the winter (closes at 5:00 on weekends).
Entrance to the Tyler Arboretum requires a daypass. Daypasses are free for arboretum members and $11.00 for non members.